A Visit from an old Friend....Mr. Louis Vuitton Like 1 Twitter Tanika Belis Follow April 23, 2016, 4:10 p.m. in Life and Styles Views: 1028 Like us on facebook Do you remember when Toto revealed to Dorothy that the Wizard of Oz was just a man? We were forced to see past all of the fantasy and to see just the facts in front of us. Sometimes in fashion, we get lost in the shiny fantasy. As formal as it sounds, we should maybe examine the facts before we get caught drooling at the pink YSL Clutch at the Barney's counter. By then it’s way too late, the credit cards are already put in play. It’s beautiful, but how does it fit into your collection? You end up looking for a deal because you need to make a point. You want to make yourself believe that you are a serious shopper and couldn’t possibly be bothered with frivolous trends. The problem with that theory is that you end up with a bag that is no fun and YOU don’t even enjoy carrying it. You want something quick so that you can be done with it all but Ladies (or gentlemen, I'm not judging); this is a science to be taken a little more seriously. The wrong handbag can age you ten years! Handbags are my top fashion accessory and its status should be respected by us all. There is one main rule that should make the whole process a breeze. Proportion. Most women know what looks good against their bodies. If you are tall and thin, a long strappy small bag will not accentuate your body. It only makes you look taller and thinner, for some of us, that's a good thing but I digress. There are also lots of curvy gals that insist upon buying and carrying those teeny tiny crescent bags with the short strap tightly squeezed under their armpit. This is a BIG no-no. It's all about proportion. The rules should be followed with a hint of Himalayan sea salt because there are ladies 4ft tall that will completely own the room wearing a jumbo Chanel Cabas bag and it is very becoming- just as there have been plus size ladies carrying a long lean python clutch and it looks amazing as well, very sleek. Rules are rules but use them as a guide-not so hard and fast. The house of Chanel does gorgeous white bags in the winter but that doesn’t mean that we should carry our straw beach bags proudly out into the snow, either. Think about your options, and do what feels fabulous to you! By this point in our seasoned lives, we should own at least a fun summer bag and a sophisticated winter bag. Seasons change and your bag should as well. No need to run out to the pool carrying a black leather hobo bag, it makes me sweat just thinking about it. There are some exceptions. You can easily opt to buy a simple Louis Vuitton Speedy and carry it all year round –BUT keep in mind that no matter how much you paid for it (approx. $640) if you use it constantly it will look worn just like anything else. This defeats the whole purpose. Even if you bought the highest priced pair of Yves St. Laurent heels and decided to wear them all day, every day- after 6 months they would begin to look horrible. Before you splurge on your one designer goodie, please have your backups ready to wear. Bottom line is that even if you think that handbags are just for functionality, take your time and select what feels comfortable to you. Select carefully, stay away from trends, choose what complements your body type and buy what fits your own lifestyle. Published by Tanika Belis Share Mail Messenger Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Comments Related Article Life and Styles DEAR WOMEN Life and Styles Escape from the BS Life and Styles It Is Still August Right?